Under a new law, Gov. Tom Corbett signed on April 12, a service member who is being deployed abroad may petition the court for a temporary order to assign custody rights to his or family members.
“Basically, the family members step into the shoes of the deployed service member and can exercise the same custody rights that their service member had been granted under the order,”according to Mark R. Alberts, a principal with Gentile, Horoho & Avalli in Pittsburgh and chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s family law section.
The law also will allow parents serving in the military overseas to testify by phone, videoconference or other electronic means if they cannot appear in the courtroom
For full article see: Child custody law changes for soldiers – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.